CEO Who Jacked Up The Price Of EpiPens 500% Believes In Her Heart She Has An MBA

The school she claims to have the degree from says otherwise but same diff no diff.
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Yesterday we learned that Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, of the raising the price of EpiPens from about $100 in 2007 to about $600 today Bresches, had been involved in an unrelated controversy years earlier that was similar to the EpiPen one in that once again, she came off like an a$$hole. Quaint compared to the one in which she decided to massively up the price of a lifesaving product, this one pertained to whether or not Bresch earned a Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia University. Bresch said she did, the university said she didn't then said she did, then said she didn't. A panel to get to the bottom of the whole thing was formed, three high-ranking officials resigned, and WVU ultimately concluded that Bresch did not earn an MBA from the school, but was weirdly nice enough to put it out there that maybe, in an alternate universe, the whole thing could've been the result of a misunderstanding rather than outright lie. The best part, though, is that as of 2015-- and maybe still today?-- Bresch has claimed:

1. There was no misunderstanding.
2. She essentially earned an MBA so what's the big deal.
3. She'd still be fighting this fight if not for other, more pressing matters (like making people take out second mortgages to buy EpiPens so their kids don't die from accidentally eating a peanut).

From Fortune:

Not only had it cost her the degree, but at least three school officials, including the president, lost their jobs—even though the courses Bresch was supposed to have attended had taken place a decade earlier. At the time of the scandal, Bresch had just been promoted to COO of Mylan; she became CEO in 2012. The university’s investigation had cleared Bresch of intentionally lying about fulfilling her coursework a decade earlier, saying in its report: “Taking the most charitable view of this claim, the Panel believes there may well have been a misunderstanding.” Bresch, however, disputed that assertion when we spoke last summer. “I don’t subscribe to it was a misunderstanding on my part,” she said. “But I certainly to this day believe I did everything I needed to do to get my degree. “So I have not backed down from that. What I backed down from was continuing to fight because I thought enough damage had already been done,” she continued. “Obviously it was a hurtful situation for everybody involved and I would hate that that happened. But I don’t subscribe that it was a misunderstanding. I think it wasn’t handled, and a lot of things compromised it not being handled the right way.”

The Truth About Mylan CEO's 'Heather Bresch Situation' and Her MBA [Fortune]


Business School Applicants Having None Of This "Show Us You Can Speak Without Paying A Consultant $500 To Show You How" Crap

After years of receiving scripted answers to questions from would-be business school students re: why they want to go to Harvard/Wharton/Stanford/Sloan or what they think of a company's earnings potential or where they see themselves in five to ten years or what they ate for breakfast, admissions officers have lately been taking a new tack in an attempt to see the "real" side of applicants. Hoping to get a little "unrehearsed honesty" and insight into who these people really are, prospective students are being asked to submit "reflections" ("a short, off-the-cut note that must be submitted within 24 hours of an admissions interview") and take part in "team-based discussions," for which they're told to "relax, be genuine," not worry about giving the "right" answer, and just say what they really think, rather than what a coach told them to say they think. Unfortunately, Harvard and Wharton officials apparently have no idea who they're dealing with here. You can't make future b-school students relax and be genuine! You can't! You won't!

Personal Assistant Wasn't Stealing From Her Hedge Fund Boss She Was Stealing From Her Hedge Fund Boyfriend, Says Personal Assistant In Her Own Defense

Do you see the distinction? Prosecutors say that when glamorous young Renata Shamrakova spent nearly a million bucks last year jet-setting around the world and buying armloads of jewelry, the funds were stolen from her high-society boss, Todd Meister. Wrong, she says. He was my lover. The 26-year-old aspiring actress pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Superior Court Thursday to charges of grand larceny, identity theft and tampering with evidence. "It's not as clean and neat as the DA is saying," said Mark Agnifilo, the sultry Shamrakova's lawyer. "It's a he said-she said. He said this is a theft. She said it is not, because there was a relationship." Meister, 41, a Harvard Business School grad who founded the multibillion-dollar Priderock hedge fund, was not in court to hear the claim that his personal assistant maxed out his credit cards "with his consent." But afterwards, Meister - who has dated some of the richest women in society and was once briefly married to his childhood pal Nicky Hilton - called it a bunch of nonsense. "She didn't work out of my house, she worked out of my office. I've never even had a meal with her - not even a cup of coffee," Meister said. Hope this clears things up. Glamorous assistant to Nicky Hilton's ex says she didn't steal from tycoon - she was his lover [NYDN]

Harvard Business School Alum Has A 4-Point Plan For Fixing The Election Process In The United States

On November 6, 2012, as the results of the presidential election rolled in, a member of the Harvard Business School Class of 2010 considered ending it all. "The thought crossed my mind to jump off my penthouse apartment balcony," he wrote his fellow classmates yesterday. Sure, he had a lot to live for: friends, family, the earthly delights afforded to him by living in Southern California ("surfing, mountains, 78 degree sunshine, and hot babes everywhere"), as well as a new company and all that came with it (relationships with celebrities that straddle the line between "friend and service provider," as well as invites to "the VMAs and private concerts in Vegas"). But he also had a lot of reasons to be good and angry at the world, including but not limited to: the state of California being "filled with so many hippie liberals" he just might snap and in doing so "choke out a street bum," people who "sit around with their hand out and expect to be fed," and, most vexingly, the reelection of Barack Obama. And while he did not in fact end up leaping from his penthouse balcony apartment that night, make no mistake, he was and is exceedingly pissed about the direction this country is going, which is south on the Pacific Coast Highway right straight to hell. And whereas the endless stream of bums and hobos and hippies he encounters each and every day the second he steps out of his penthouse apartment probably would take the easy way out, because that's what they do, he's better than that. So instead, he went to bed, got up, sat down at his computer and channeled his anger into something productive: a list of suggestions for how we can get America back on track and in four years, rest it from the hands of the commie holding it hostage, like forcing candidates to use bullet points and telling people who don't believe in capitalism to pack their shit because in 20 minutes a van is coming to ship their non-contributing zero asses off to a country where it's not actually a "privilege" to live. First, though, some life updates, because it really has been too long.